Send Joshua Goyne to Rodeo w/ IGRA
$7,950 of $7,200 goal
Josh Goyne is a bull rider living in Australia's Central Coast. He's also an openly gay man and advocate for LGBT rights in rural Australia. His frankness about his sexual orientation has painted a target on his back in the world of rodeo. However, even after receiving death threats, he has been undeterred and has continued to cowboy up, saying "there's no chance in hell" he'll back down from competing.
Enter: The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). Formed in 1985, IGRA holds a series of annual rodeos in the United States and Canada, culminating with the World Gay Rodeo Finals in October of every year. When we heard Josh's story, we reached out and told him that he should make the trip to our side of the globe and rodeo with us. To our delight, he said, "Yeah, it's a dream of mine!"
Here's where you all come in: Josh needs some travel funds to make a few trips to the US this year to compete in our rodeos. His first trip will be to Dallas, TX at the end of March. All funds raised will go toward his travel expenses including flights, hotel, and ground transportation. Josh says that being able to rodeo in an open and affirming rodeo environment would mean the world to him.
(Aussies take note: Contributions are in USD.)
You can read more about Josh's story here .
Learn more about the International Gay Rodeo Association here .
Transparency statement: This GoFundMe was created by Ryan Reed, IGRA competitor and public relations director. Any funds raised will be administered and distributed to Josh by the IGRA treasurer, David Hill.
In the case that there are any funds leftover when the 2017 IGRA rodeo season ends, Josh has agreed to work with IGRA to choose an appropriate charity to whom we can donate those funds.
Finally, speaking of charities, Mr. Goyne is more than just a rough ridin' LGBT+ activist – he is also the founder of Stroke Support & Awareness Australia, which aims to raise awareness, fund stroke wards, and provide support for stroke victims and their families. You can learn more about the SSAA here: https://www.facebook.com/ssaaustralia/
And you can support the SSAA here:
"Thank you all so much for the support. Flights are booked. Texas Gay Rodeo Association membership and rodeo registration are paid. It's my 19th birthday, too! I can't wait to meet the rodeo folks in Texas!"
He also excitedly sent along a screenshot that we IGRA contestants see when we register for rodeos. Here's to hoping that this is the just the first of many times that Josh will see the registration confirmation page! (Explanatory note: $50 deposit required upfront. Full amount for registered events must be paid at the in-person registration that occurs on Friday night before every rodeo.)